A New York Police Department (NYPD) officer mans a barricade ahead of the Lunar New Year parade celebrating the Year of the Rabbit in Chinatown in New York, U.S., February 12, 2023. REUTERS /bing guan

US authorities have arrested two New York residents for allegedly operating a Chinese “secret police station” in Manhattan’s Chinatown.Brooklyn’s top federal prosecutor said in a statement Monday.

Liu Jianwang, 61, and Chen Jinping, 59, face conspiracy charges for act as agents of the Chinese regime failure to notify US authorities and obstruction of justice, prosecutors said. They are scheduled to appear in federal court in Brooklyn later Monday.

“This indictment exposes the Chinese government’s gross violation of our nation’s sovereignty by establishing a secret police station in downtown New York,” he said in a statement. Breon PeaceBrooklyn’s top federal prosecutor.

Prosecutors said that Lu in 2018 tried to persuade an individual considered a fugitive by China to return homeprosecutors said. This individual said he was harassed and threatened, prosecutors said.

In 2022, the Chinese regime asked Lu to help locate a person living in California believed to be a pro-democracy activist, prosecutors said.

Prosecutors said the couple admitted to the FBI that they suppressed communications with a Chinese government official after learning they were under investigation.

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